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A LEGAL MISCELLANEA A Newsletter for the Friends of the Jacob Burns Law Library Volume 8, Number 2, Autumn 2011: The George Washington University Law School Der Fanatismus, oder Jean Calas (1780) Robert O. Steele, Cataloging Librarian O ne of the Law Library’s recent acquisitions is the first edition of Christian Felix Weisse’s Der Fanatismus, oder Jean Calas, published in 1780. The only copy of the work owned by a law library in the United States, it is a welcome addition to our growing collection of some twenty-two works inspired by one of the most notorious and politicallyloaded murder cases of the eighteenth century, a case that combined religious conflict, fears of conspiracies, and debates over the legitimacy of torture still resonant today. KEEPING TRUE SCHOLARSHIP ALIVE: The Richard & Diane Cummins Legal History Research Grant for 2012 GW Law has invited applications for the inaugural Richard & Diane Cummins Legal History Research Grant. The first grant recipient will begin research in the Law Library’s Special Collections in 2012. The Cummins Research Grant provides a stipend of $10,000 to support shortterm historical research using Special Collections at the Law Library, which is noted for its continental historical Dick and Diane Cummins, on board the ms legal collections, especially Rotterdam (August, 2011). its French Collection, with strengths in Roman and canon law, church-state relations, and international law, and its many incunabula holdings. The grant is awarded to one doctoral, LL.M., or S.J.D. candidate, postdoctoral researcher, faculty member, or independent scholar. The successful candidate may come from a variety of disciplines, including, but not limited to, law, history, religion, philosophy, or bibliography. Interested scholars submit an application, research proposal, and letters (continued on page 11) CONGRATULATIONS TO MICHEL MORIN, RECIPIENT OF THE INAUGURAL RICHARD & DIANE CUMMINS LEGAL HISTORY RESEARCH GRANT. “The Cruel Death of Calas, who was broke on the wheel at Toulouse, March 27, 1762.” Frontispiece of an English chapbook. (continued on page 2) Professor Michel Morin, of the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Law, plans to use the French customary law works in Special Collections to research his proposed subject, “The Elimination of Lay Law-Finders from Customary Law Adjudication in France during the Ancien Régime.” He plans to be in residence at GW Law during part of the spring 2012 semester. Courtesy of Holland America Line NV SPECIAL COLLECTIONS FOCUS:

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